Plans moved forward Thursday for a new Wauseon Board of Education building, as board members approved lease agreements for the building and the ground it will cover.
According to Treasurer Dave Fleming, the school district will lease the ground for $100 to whatever financial institution is awarded project funding in a bidding process that closed Dec. 22. The school district will also enter into a lease purchase agreement with that institution until the building is paid off and the district takes ownership.
The ground lease will remain in effect five years beyond the lease purchase agreement in the event the school district is unable to honor the latter agreement.
Board members Larry Fruth and Rick Stidham were not in attendance to participate in the vote.
The plot of ground is located on the south side of an access road on East Oak Street. According to Beilharz Consulting Inc. of Defiance, the project’s architectural firm, the design of the new building will closely match that of the elementary and middle schools. The building will receive its electrical supply from resources built into the elementary school. The site was chosen for its proximity to established parking areas.
Construction is set to begin this year, with the building’s anticipated opening before the 2018-19 school year.
The board left its longtime offices at 126 S. Fulton St. when the lease expired last March. After unsuccessfully searching for a suitable building in which to relocate, the school district decided to construct a Board of Education headquarters. The board is temporarily housed in the middle school building.
In related business, board members approved a “then and now” certificate to pay the Beilharz firm $90,910.56 for its services.
They chose to table a motion to approve an alternate bid that adds $78,408 for metal roofing for the new building until all board members are present to vote.
The board also approved the following donations: $144 to the elementary school food pantry from Congregational United Church of Christ and Trinity Lutheran Church; $2,000 to the Line Drives for Larry Scholarship from Line Drives for Larry Inc.; $50 to the elementary school Student Council Fund from the National Theatre for Children; $1,168 to the high school Athletic Department from the Tomahawk Wrestling Club to fund lodging; and $250 from Walmart and $1,023.80 from Box Tops for Education to the elementry school Student Activities Fund.
In personnel matters, parental leave was approved for staff member Brittany Schroeder, effective April 5 through the end of the school year; and a school psychologist salary schedule on the administrative salary grid was established.
The board entered into executive session to discuss employment of personnel. No action was taken.
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.